Coast Guard rescues two fishermen near Coos Bay, Ore.

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News Release  

Aug. 05, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District PA Detachment Astoria
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Astoria
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Coast Guard rescues two fishermen near Coos Bay, Ore.

NORTH BEND, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen after their vessel was engulfed in flames 20 miles west of the Cape Blanco light near Coos Bay, Oregon, Saturday.

A Coast Guard Search and Rescue Detachment Rogue River 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew met the fishermen, who had abandoned the 47-foot fishing vessel Beverly B into a life raft, and transported them and their raft to port in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Sector North Bend watchstanders received the report of the fishermen in distress from Station Coos Bay, who were notified by a volunteer light keeper at the Cape Blanco light, stating that a fishing vessel was on fire.

Watchstanders directed the launch of Sector North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, who arrived on scene to find the fishermen in their life raft, and lowered a rescue swimmer to assess the situation. The 47-foot MLB crew arrived on scene shortly thereafter.

“You never know when a situation could go bad, much like the case here,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Halasz, and operations specialist at Sector North Bend. “Luckily these fishermen had proper and working safety equipment which contributed to their lives being saved.”

The vessel was reported to be completely engulfed in flames and partially submerged.

The cause of the vessel fire is unknown.

Pollution potential is also unknown at this time.

Weather on scene at the time of the rescue was reported as 5 mph winds and 2-foot seas.